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Standoff at foreclosed home leads to felony trespassing charge



Prescott police arrested Richard E. Gray, 67, of Prescott Wednesday night on felony charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest after he illegally entered a bank-owned home in the 800 block of Black Drive and refused to leave, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

A local real estate agent representing the bank found the home broken into and called police at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when Gray refused to leave. Morley said.

Gray was allegedly squatting at a house previously owned by his parents. Police say no payments had been made on the home since the last of Gray's parents died in 2010 and the locks had been changed.

When officers arrived at the home at 1:15 p.m., they found a broken window, and called to the person inside the home, later identified as Gray.

Gray wore a handgun in a holster on his hip, put his hand on his weapon when officers confronted him, refused to comply with their requests, and challenged the officers' authority, Morley said.

The officers then backed away from the home.

"Patrol officers established a perimeter on the house and used a PA to call to Mr. Gray asking him to come out of the house," Morley said. "This lasted for several hours until the Prescott Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team arrived to take over the incident."

Negotiators spoke with Gray by telephone for almost two hours, Morley said.

Around 8 p.m., Gray left the house and moved toward the SWAT officers, refusing to comply with officers' directions, Morley said.

Officers were not sure if Gray was still armed, so they shot sage (rubber baton) rounds to subdue him.

"After being hit by the rubber rounds several times in the lower body, Mr. Gray fell to the ground," Morley said. "He was eventually subdued and taken into custody."

Gray refused medical treatment at the scene, was taken to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde, and booked on a local warrant and charges related to this incident.

The final list of charges, including felony criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, is being reviewed by police investigators and the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, Morley said.


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